Everybody likes saving money, but it can be difficult to reduce one’s electric bill while battling the heat we’ve experienced thus far this summer. After all, it can be tempting to blast the air conditioner and turn your house into an icebox to escape the sweltering temps just outside your front door, but this isn’t very cost effective. Once that first energy bill of the summer arrives and you almost faint from the charges, you realize you need to make some changes, stat! These tips should help you simultaneously manage the heat and your wallet:
- Keep your windows and shades shut during the day to keep hot sunlight and air out. Open them again at night to naturally ventilate and cool your home.
- If you live in an older home, install weather stripping, insulation, or energy efficient windows to prevent hot air leakage into your house. This insulation is also useful during the winter.
- Install energy-efficient lighting and turn off lights whenever they are not in use. 10-15% of electricity that normal incandescent light bulbs use is converted into light, the rest produces heat!
- Turn off your air conditioner when no one is home and make sure your air conditioning unit is properly maintained; it should be serviced annually to ensure maximum efficiency. When using room air conditioning units, always check that they are properly installed.
- If you want to avoid using air conditioning altogether, install ceiling or attic fans. You can also use a ventilation fan in your bathroom every time you shower to remove heat and humidity.
- Use a microwave instead of a conventional oven because it uses less power and gives off less heat.
- Postpone doing laundry or running the dishwasher until the evening or early morning when temperatures are lower and less energy is being used in your home. You can also conserve energy by letting your laundry air dry.
- Save money while being active by running or biking outside instead of on a treadmill or stationary bike. Exercising outdoors eliminates electricity needed to operate a treadmill and provides a breath of fresh air as well as a change of scenery.
Looking for more ways to put money back in your pocket? There are rebates and incentives offered just for doing things like replacing old appliances with newer, more energy efficient ones. Follow these tips so that you don’t have to make the choice between saving some green and staying green this summer!
Join the conversation: Tweet @MassGov with your tip to save money and energy in the heat.
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